|Shooting victim Kelmyne Jones, Jr., age 16|
14-year old involved in the fight,
From an article:
The neighbor said that Kelmyne, who lived five blocks south of Northland on Goulding Avenue, had marched onto Northland with some friends to confront a group of youths who had earlier threatened to steal his sneakers. That’s when the fight began.
Earlier this week, Northland residents said that there were about 11 boys involved. They added that the boy who shot Kelmyne had retrieved the gun from underneath a bush as Kelmyne had another boy in a headlock. The two groups had been in a territorial rivalry that had escalated previously, residents had said.
Lake Kearney, a retired Erie County sheriff’s deputy, has lived in Buffalo since 1952 and on Northland since 1981. He said he’d heard the teens fighting Saturday – “cussin’, fussin’, swearin’ ” – while he was in his house. When he later heard sirens, he said Thursday, “That’s when I knew something was going on.”
Kearney said the street used to be peaceful and quiet, mostly retirees, but that has changed.
When asked how a 14-year-old would get a gun, Kearney said it’s a simple task.
“Getting a hold of a gun in Buffalo is almost as easy as going to the corner store and buying a Popsicle,” Kearney said.
Derenda appeared on the steps of City Hall to announce the arrest with Mayor Byron W. Brown, who said his thoughts were with Kelmyne’s family.
“This is a tragedy that not only destroys and hurts a family, but it is a tragedy that hurts the entire community,” Brown said.Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.